A new BuzzFeed News investigation has revealed that the United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenaries to carry out assassinations of Yemeni leaders. This included a local leader of Al-Islah, Anssaf Ali Mayo. Al-Islah a political party whose members include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman. Experts insist that Al-Islah is not a terror group, but a legitimate political party that threatens the UAE not through violence but by speaking out against its ambitions in Yemen.
The assassination of Mayo was the first in a string of unsolved assassinations that killed more than two dozen leaders of the political party. The company that hired the mercenaries and carried out the attack is Spear Operations Group, incorporated in Delaware. The companies founder said that during his company’s time in Yemen, they were responsible for a number of high-profile assassinations, though he declined to specify which ones.